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NSW - 309K
PS4 - 144K
XB1 - 108K

Official NPD:

Consumer spending on video games was not as bleak as it looks on the page. Gaming fans in the United States spent $1.03 billion on hardware, new full game software, and accessories, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. While this is down 34% from last October, 2018 was an outlier due to the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 and four weeks of Call of Duty sales.

October 2019 was actually above average, with strong sales performances from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds, and Luigi’s Mansion 3. Here are the full results:

“October 2019 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards totaled $1.03 billion,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “That’s the second highest total for an October month this decade, trailing only the record setting $1.57 billion in October 2018.”
As expected, 2019’s year-to-date sales are down significantly from the previous comparable period.

“Year-to-date spending across tracked video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards has fallen 10 percent when compared to 2018, to $9.3 billion,” said Piscatella.
“Dollar sales of tracked video game software declined 37 percent in October versus a year ago, to $620 million,” said Piscatella. “Despite this decline, October 2019 tracked software sales represent the third highest total ever achieved for an October month, trailing only October 2008 and October 2018.”
Top 20 best-selling games of October in the U.S.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
The Outer Worlds
Luigi’s Mansion 3*
Madden NFL 20
NBA 2K20
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
WWE 2K20
FIFA 20
Borderlands 3
Ring Fit Adventure
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening*
Mario Kart 8*
Minecraft#
Grand Theft Auto V
Mortal Kombat 11
Overwatch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
Code Vein
Red Dead Redemption II
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

* Digital sales not included
# Digital sales only include Xbox One and PlayStation 4

The 10 best-selling games of 2019 so far

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
NBA 2K20
Madden NFL 20
Borderlands 3
Mortal Kombat 11
Kingdom Hearts III
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Anthem
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
Grand Theft Auto V
The 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months

Red Dead Redemption II
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
NBA 2K20
Madden NFL 20
Borderlands 3
Mortal Kombat 11
NBA 2K19
Battlefield V
Xbox One

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
Madden NFL 20
The Outer Worlds
NBA 2K20
Borderlands 3
WWE 2K20
FIFA 20
Grand Theft Auto V
Gears 5
PlayStation 4

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
The Outer Worlds
NBA 2K20
Madden NFL 20
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
WWE 2K20
FIFA 20
Borderlands 3
Mortal Kombat 11
Grand Theft Auto V
Nintendo Switch

Luigi’s Mansion 3*
Ring Fit Adventure
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening*
Mario Kart 8*
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
Overwatch
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt*
Super Mario Maker 2*
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
Nintendo 3DS

Pokemon: Ultra Sun*
Pokemon: Ultra Moon*
Mario Kart 7*
Luigi’s Mansion*
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D*
Super Mario 3D Land*
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon*
Super Mario Maker*
Super Smash Bros.*
Minecraft*
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

The latest Call of Duty is keeping that franchise’s momentum going strong.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare debuts as the best-selling game of October 2019, and is now the best-selling game of 2019 year to date,” said Piscatella. “This is the 12th consecutive year a Call of Duty game has ranked as the best-selling game of its release month. Call of Duty remains the best-selling video game franchise in U.S. tracked history by dollar sales.”

Luigi’s Mansion 3

“Luigi’s Mansion 3 was the third best-selling game of October, while also being the month’s best-selling game on Nintendo Switch,”said Piscatella. “Luigi’s Mansion 3 set a new launch month franchise sales record, besting the previous high set by Luigi’s Mansion.”

Fighting games in 2019

“Year-to-date sales of fighting genre games are at an all-time high, with genre sales 11 percent higher than the previous year-to-date high set in 2015,” said Piscatella. “Both Mortal Kombat 11 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have significantly contributed to that success.”

https://venturebeat.com/2019/11/14/october-2019-npd-call-of-duty-and-outer-worlds-deliver-solid-month/

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Last edited by Ryng - on 01 February 2020

2020 predictions: NSW 21m, PS5 6m, XSX 4.5m, PS4 9m, XB1 3m
(PS5 and XSX predictions will most likely change after we know enough about them)

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2020 predictions: NSW 21m, PS5 6m, XSX 4.5m, PS4 9m, XB1 3m
(PS5 and XSX predictions will most likely change after we know enough about them)

Thanks for the heads up Ryng.

NPD placing actual numbers behind a paywall has dealt a serious blow to these threads.



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Replicant said:

Thanks for the heads up Ryng.

NPD placing actual numbers behind a paywall has dealt a serious blow to these threads.

The lack of hardware figures haven't helped. I remember when we got software figures as well. Only hardware figures we get nowadays are leaked.



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Heh, they don't even mention hardware anymore.

Anyway, I am impressed how well Luigi's Mansion 3 did. On the combined charts it is 3rd place and several spots ahead of Ring Fit Adventure. Luigi's Mansion must be a lot more popular in the US than it is in Japan. The 2 older games even look like they are doing well on the 3DS charts. Maybe the release of LM3 gave a little bump to the first two games?



I'm glad The Witcher 3 is in the top 10 among best-selling Switch games for the month. With all the controversies behind Blizzard, I'm not sure what to think of Overwatch's ranking in the Switch's top 10...

Its pretty cool that Ring Fit Adventure has caught on in the US, alongside Japan. The holidays will be interesting for that game, especially once the Switch garners a larger userbase around that time.



It's sad how little we get from the NPD nowadays.



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TruckOSaurus said:
It's sad how little we get from the NPD nowadays.

We do get rankings on the software sales and overall gaming revenue. But it is a shame we no longer get concrete numbers. 



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